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  • Can Daily Crossword Protect You From Dementia?

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Can Daily Crossword Protect You From Dementia? MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doing a crossword puzzle every day may help keep your brain sharp as you age, researchers report. The British study of people aged 50 and older found the more often they did word puzzles, the higher they scored on attention, reasoning and memory tests. "We found direct relationships between the frequency of word puzzle use and the speed and accuracy of performance on nine cognitive tasks assessing a range of aspects...

  • Can Poor Sleep Boost Odds for Alzheimer's?

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Can Poor Sleep Boost Odds for Alzheimer's? TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing problems during sleep may signal an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, a trio of studies suggests. And, the researchers added, treating conditions like sleep apnea and hypopnea (shallow breathing) might lower the risk of dementia, or at least slow its progression. "What's exciting about these three studies is that they are looking at biological changes in the brain that may underlie a relationship betwee...

  • Create Your Own Quit-Smoking Plan

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Create Your Own Quit-Smoking Plan TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) It's almost too easy to delay the day you'll quit smoking -- almost any excuse will do. But know this: Smokers who quit before their 50th birthday can cut in half their risk of dying over the following 15 years, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As you get yourself mentally ready to stop smoking, it's important to recognize that -- besides dealing with a nicotine addiction -- quitting smoking means changing a ...

  • Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone? WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior author Eva Redei said in a university news release. Cur...

  • Cows May Offer Clues to an AIDS Vaccine

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Cows May Offer Clues to an AIDS Vaccine FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cows already give us milk, meat and leather. Now, researchers say they may also hold the key to an AIDS vaccine. Scientists found it took cows just a few weeks to develop powerful antibodies against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This suggests they could move from the farm to the laboratory and play an important role in testing experimental AIDS vaccines, researcher Devin Sok and colleagues said in a new study. "One appr...

  • Can Dirty Diapers Offer Clues to the Infant Brain?

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Can Dirty Diapers Offer Clues to the Infant Brain? FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies' diapers may hold clues to their brain development, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed fecal samples from dozens of 1-year-olds and assessed their thinking (cognitive) skills a year later. The results revealed a link between certain types of microbes in the infants' feces and higher levels of brain development at age 2. "The big story here is that we've got one group of kids with a particular comm...

  • Can't Get to the Gym? Work Out in Your Office!

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Can't Get to the Gym? Work Out in Your Office! MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Making time for exercise during your workday can be difficult. The good news: There are ways to discreetly slip in a workout without ever leaving your office. The bad news: No more excuses for not moving. Try these easy exercises from Harvard Health and Truman State University to get started. The Chair Stand works your hips and thighs, and all you need is a sturdy desk chair (if yours is on wheels, lock them in plac...

  • CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new CT scan analysis may allow doctors to identify blood vessel inflammation before heart problems actually crop up, researchers report. Detecting inflammation before it hardens into irreversible plaque could potentially help cardiologists prevent heart attacks, the scientists said. "Currently, CT only tells you whether there are narrowings in the arteries of the heart, but there is no imaging to tell you which on...

  • Can a Spritz of 'Love Hormone' Help Kids With Autism?

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Can a Spritz of 'Love Hormone' Help Kids With Autism? MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Social skills of children with autism appeared to improve slightly after a nasal spritz of oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," researchers report. However, the study was small, and it's not clear if the typical improvement in "social responsiveness" was significant enough to be noticeable. "I wouldn't throw a parade over it," said study lead author Karen Parker, a neuroscientist and associate professor at...

  • Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids?

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids? THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bingeing on chocolate, pastries and soda during pregnancy might have an unintended downside -- setting kids up for asthma and allergies, new research suggests. The study of more than 9,000 mother-child pairs in Britain can't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers found that children born to the 20 percent of mothers with the highest sugar intake during pregnancy were 38 percent more likely to ha...